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The Swedish presence in Uganda dates back to 1995 when a small development office was opened. It became a fully fledged Embassy in 2001. Over the years, the Swedish-Ugandan relations have developed and strengthened, building not the least on the long standing people to people contacts between the two states. Messages/posts will not be replied to via Facebook. If you wish to contact the Embassy or
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The Swedish Migration Agency has been given a mission from the Swedish government to increase detection of gender-based violence and other forms of violence among migrants. By doing so, the Swedish Migration Agency contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable development goals, Agenda 2030.
In Sweden it is illegal to use any kind of violence against others, also within the family. Violence against children is also illegal. Children who see family members being exposed to violence are victims of crime.
We encourage all victims of violence to report to the Swedish police or your local authorities.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Photo credits: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se
On Monday 9 May, the Embassy shall join Makerere University together with Gulu university, Busitema University, Kyambogo University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology-Official to celebrate over 2 decades of Sweden-Uganda research cooperation.
The celebration shall bring together researchers from all the Universities to showcase their work at an international research and innovation dissemination conference, to be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
To read more about our event program and presentations, or if you would like to register to be a part of this conference, visit the link below.
Today is the International Day of the Midwife. The Embassy of #Sweden joins UNFPA Uganda, Ministry of Health- Uganda, European Union in Uganda and the rest of the world to recognise the important role midwives play in maternal & child health.
Each year, Sweden contributes to training thousands of midwives resulting in millions of safer births. If every birth were attended by a trained midwife, the lives of around 8 000 newborns and 800 mothers could be saved every day. Midwives support mothers and couples before, during and after childbirth. They inspire couples to share the responsibilities related to childbirth and provide emotional support to parents. They also share information and distribute contraceptives which let women and their partners make informed family planning decisions.
Investing in midwives is not only a health issue but also a gender and human rights issue. Evidence shows that it is possible to avert more than 80 per cent of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths if there are enough midwives educated according to international standards. Through our support to UNFPA in Uganda, a total of 584 midwives have been trained in gender-based violence and adolescent health in order to be able to integrate these areas into midwifery services.
“We must continue our joint work to improve Uganda’s health indicators by ensuring that midwives across the country are educated, competent and motivated to carry out their work and facilitate access to sexual and reproductive health-care services. Strengthening midwifery is also an important step towards implementing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting gender equality, contributing to economic development, and ensuring good health and well-being.” – Maria Håkansson, Sweden’s Ambassador to Uganda.
Today is #WorldPressFreedom Day!
#Pressfreedom is a must to ensure transparency and accountability. Journalists and other media workers play an instrumental role in providing information on matters of public interest.
Oppression of journalists is never acceptable and suppression of free media has no place in a democratic society.
According to the internationally recognised organisation Reporters Without Borders, #Uganda is ranked 132 out of 180 surveyed countries globally in the #WorldPressFreedomIndex2022. Sweden strongly supports the ideals of free media, respect for the right to freedom of expression and fighting #disinformation, and shall continue to advocate for these in Uganda and around the world.
The Embassy of #Sweden in Kampala wishes you a wonderful Eid al-Fitr holiday!
Credits: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se
One month left to Stockholm+50! Let’s begin by looking back to 1972, when the first UN Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm.
On 2–3 June, Stockholm+50 will be held in Sweden to chart the course towards a green and fair future.
Stockholm, 1972 - When Environmental Protection was Born (short version) The Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was made in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden, resulting in what is often seen as the the f...
Yesterday, the Embassy together with UNFPA and Ministry of Health hosted a dialogue between midwives and parliamentarians followed by an award ceremony for the best midwives in Uganda in 2022.
A total of 15 midwives were awarded, one from each subregion of Uganda. During the dialogue, the midwives shared their challenges with the Members of Parliament present, who promised to continue to advocate for a better working environment for midwives.
“In #Uganda there is 1 midwife for 382 mothers, giving midwives a heavy workload. The Government of Uganda needs to increase funding as midwives need specialised training,” said Beatrice Amuge, the Commissioner for Nursing and Midwives at the Ministry of Health.
Our Ambassador said, “Covid19 and lockdowns led to an increase in unwanted pregnancies, teen pregnancies, unsafe abortions and limited the access to SRHR services. We recognise the important work performed by midwives, especially since access to a midwife significantly reduces maternal and newborn deaths in Uganda.”
Here are a few pictures from yesterdays colourful event.
#Sweden together with other partners supports the Refugee Law Project through UN Women to enroll refugees in the English for Adults project. The project takes refugees through English language lessons so that they can communicate their needs better with host communities and advocate for better services within the settlements.
In 2020, Molly Ajonye successfully graduated from the English for Adults program. She dropped out of school in Primary 3 and has 4 children. Since she completed the program, she has gained confidence which has encouraged her husband to also enroll in the program.
"Sometimes in the past, we had language challenges with the host community, but now with EFA we can communicate with them. We have a very good relationship and peaceful coexistence with the host community here."
She added, "I translate for my community members, with NGOs. Now that I have English, I want to become a community leader. I know how to manage the community; I have the skills. The next election is next year, and I will be there."
Sweden's support in #Uganda aims at supporting vulnerable people, including both refugee and host communities. We join hands with UN Women to ensure that we #LeaveNoOneBehind.
Yesterday, we joined UEGCL and the Internation Council of Swedish Industry to host a floating solar seminar today. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Energy, CREEC-Makerere, and the Ministry of Water and Environment among others.
#Sweden’s engagement in floating solar in #Uganda includes the funding of a capacity building program for the sector, the funding of a feasibility study including a pilot project and a training on stimulating investment in renewable energy in Uganda.
“We are proud of our engagement with Uganda’s energy sector. We hope to continue our collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and hope that these discussions shall lead to the development of a viable floating solar project in Uganda,” said our Ambassador, Maria Håkansson.
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Did you know that in some parts of Sweden (especially in Skåne), on Easter, the community competes by rolling painted eggs down a hill. The person (or family) whose eggs reach the furthest unbroken, are the obvious winners.
The game is known as "äggarullning" (egg rolling).
Strange huh? 😀
Photo Credit: Jenny Drakenlind/Johnér/imagebank.sweden.se
Swedish word of the day: Påskris
Påskris are twigs that Swedes decorate with coloured feathers and use as decorations especially around Easter. This tradition actually comes from the old usage of the feather decorated twigs from the 19th century, purportedly to hasten spring.
Some claim that these twigs were used to whip others in memory of how Jesus suffered for our sins. We definitely advise against this though...
Image Credit: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se
Today the Embassy says goodbye to our colleague, Maureen Nahwera, who has been working as our Senior Governance Advisor.
Maureen has been a pillar at the Embassy and is one of our long serving employees. Her presence will be truly missed.
Join us as we say goodbye to her as she continues to grow her career elsewhere.
Happy Easter Thursday!
Did you know that today (Maundy Thursday) children in Sweden dress up as colourful Easter witches. The children knock on doors to wish residents Happy Easter and get some sweets in exchange for homemade Easter cards.
This is a tradition that stretches back to the 19th century and is built on the old popular belief of witches.
Photo Credit: Jenny Drakenlind/Johnér/imagebank.sweden.se
As Sweden's support to research in Uganda comes to a close, we interviewed Dr. Grace Kobusinge on how Uganda's health systems can benefit from the research conducted so far.
"In Uganda, each medical facility keeps its own patient's records and uses their own systems, that do not talk to each other. Uganda would benefit from my research by looking at local systems that can talk to each other and thereby have a complete set of information about the patient when they are seeking healthcare."
You can read the full interview with her on the link below.
Today the Embassy joined UNICEF Uganda on a field visit to schools in Nansana Municipality. The team included our Ambassador and the UNICEF Country Representative and we were joined by the Deputy Mayor, the Town Clerk and the Education Commissioner from the Ministry of Education and Sports. Discussions were held on the challenges faced by learners especially after the reopening of schools in #Uganda.
#Sweden provides flexible funding to UNICEF Uganda to help schools and early childhood centres reopen safely. Our support has also been used to strengthen policies to enable vulnerable learners, including teenage mothers, to access both primary and secondary education.
With approximately 150 students, AK Islamic Early Childhood Development Centre works with caregivers, even during the holidays, to continue learning for students who need it. “The Covid19 pandemic has enabled us to build structures where school based caregivers go deeper into communities so as to reach parents at home for home based support for learning. UNICEF Uganda had supported the training of caregivers with funding from Sweden.” - Hajji Ntumwa Nubu, AK Islamic ECD Centre.
The team also visited Kanyange Primary School, whose student enrolment has increased after the reopening of schools. With 7 children sharing a desk and only 15 teachers for the 900 students at the school, UNICEF has decided to support learning at their school as well.
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